We read about bears during Infant Storytime this week.  We met Ted E. Bear, sang songs, shared nursery rhymes and had fun with some bounces.

We also learned that the word Bear begins with the letter B and we discovered a few other things that begin with the letter B:  Bunny, Baby, Bird and Boy!


Books We Shared

Fun FACT:  

Imitating animal noises is a great way for toddlers to practice making language sounds and developing sound meaning. Animal sounds also help children hear the smaller sounds in words, which is good for when they are starting to sound out words to read.  If your child is bilingual, make the animal sounds in your language and talk about how they are or aren’t different in English.  Cedar Mill & Bethany Community Libraries

In John Butler’s Can You Growl Like a Bear? we got to make some animal sounds.  We growled like bears, chattered like monkeys clicked like a dolphin, buzzed like a honeybee and more.

Flannel Story


We shared Bill Martin’s classic book Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do You See? and used accompanying flannel pieces to make the story come alive.  The book is cumulative with each animal seeing the next animal until we get to the goldfish who sees all of the children in storytime!

Nursery Rhyme Flannel We Shared

The Bear Went Over the Mountain

We sang this nursery rhyme song with the accompanying flannel board. Click the title above to hear the song; in this version the performer also uses sign language.

The bear went over the mountain,
The bear went over the mountain,
The bear went over the mountain,
To see what he could see!
But all that he could see (clap twice)
But all that he could see (clap twice)
Was the other side of the mountain,
The other side of the mountain,
The other side of the mountain,
Was all that he could SEE!!!

Songs, Rhymes & Bounces We Shared

We share a lot of songs, bounces & rhymes during storytime!  You’ll find lyrics/words to most of the bounces, songs & rhymes we shared.

Welcome Song
(to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)

Welcome, welcome everyone,
Now we’re here let’s have some fun!
First we clap our hands just so,
Then we bend and touch our toes.
Welcome, welcome everyone,
Now we’re here let’s have some fun!

Clap Everybody and Say Hello! (see “CDs section” below to find this song in our CD collection)

Clap everybody and say hello, clap everybody and say hello, clap everybody and say hello, no matter what the weather

Stamp everybody…

Wiggle everybody…

Jump everybody…

Dance everybody…

Sing everybody…

Songs, Bounces & Tickle

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Video:  Twinkle Twinkle

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle Twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are.

The Grand Old Duke of York (bounce)

Video:  The Grand Old Duke of York

Oh, the grand old Duke of York,
He had ten thousand men;
He marched them up to the top of the hill
And he marched them down again.
When they were up, they were up,
And when they were down, they were down,
And when they were only halfway up,
They were neither up nor down.

One, Two, Three…Whee!!! (song & bounce)

One, two, three…Whee (repeat 3 x)

Then count – 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8!

REPEAT with Jump, Shake, Twist & then back to Whee!

From: Smile at Your Neighbor with Mr. Eric ~ Eric Litwin

Peas Porridge Hot! (bounce)

Video:  Peas Porridge Hot

Peas porridge hot (bounce baby on lap)
Peas porridge cold (bounce baby on lap)
Peas porridge in the pot, nine days old!
Some like it hot (move baby to left)
Some like it cold (move baby to right)
Some like it in the pot, nine days old! (bring baby down below knees)

Two Little Eyes  (fingerplay rhyme)
Two little eyes to look around (point to eyes)
Two little ears to hear a sound (point to ears)
One little nose to smell what’s sweet (point to nose)
One little mouth that likes to eat! (point to mouth)

Dickery Dare (bounce)

Video:  Dickery Dare

Dickery, dickery dare,
The pig flew up in the air…WOOOO!  (lift baby up)
The man in brown
Soon brought him down! (put baby back on lap)
Dickery, dickery, dare.

With My Little Hands (song activity)

With my little hands I go clap, clap, clap, (clap baby’s hands)
With my little feet I go tap, tap, tap. (tap baby’s feet)
With my little arms I wave bye, bye, bye, (gently lift baby’s arm to wave bye)
With my little legs I kick high, high, high! (help lift baby’s legs)
With my little eyes I say peekaboo, (cover baby’s eyes and play peekaboo)
With my little lips I say I love you! (look at baby and say I love you)



Round the Garden (circle baby’s belly button)

Round and round the garden, goes the Teddy Bear, a one-step, a two-step, a tickle under there.

Baby’s Fingers (point to baby’s body parts and circle baby’s belly button)

These are baby’s fingers, these are baby’s toes, this is baby’s tummy button, round and round it goes!

Goodbye Babies (song in sign)

Click here for video:  Goodbye Babies (Friends)

Goodbye babies, goodbye babies
Goodbye babies, it’s time to say goodbye.

Music from CDs We Shared

Children love to sing and dance to music.  Here are some of the songs/bounces on CD that we used in storytime.  Click onto the CD titles to find these items in our library catalog.

“Clap Everybody and Say Hello” fm Sally Go Round the Sun by Kathy Reid-Naiman

“Ladies Ride” from More Tickles & Tunes by Kathy Reid-Naiman“Smooth Road” from Baby’s Boat by Kathy Reid-Naiman

“I’m a Little Teapot” from Toddler Favorites by Music for Little People

“Two Little Blackbirds” from by Circle Time: songs and rhymes for the very young by Lisa Monet

“Itsy Bitsy Spider” from It’s Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

“Sing” from Shining Like a Star by Laura Doherty

“Time to Say Goodbye” from Shining Like a Star by Laura Doherty

Continue the Fun

If you’d like to read more books about bears, check these out from your local Pasadena Public Library!